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“Perfect get away in South Crete” 5 of 5 stars
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Lagolio Village, Timbaki, Tympaki, Crete 70200 , Greece   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Tympaki B&B and Inns
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
“Perfect get away in South Crete”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

A perfect B&B. Beautifully renovated. Great hospitality. Clean and comfortable rooms with the feel of a boutique hotel. Very well cared breakfast. Lovely garden with pool and sunbeds. A spectacular sunset from the roofterrace. Non touristic village, close to the sea.
We spend a great week. Enjoying several beaches and villages as well as Lagolio and the Old Kafenion.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kalmthout, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

excellent location of the Old Kafenion in the middle of the south of Crete - in a small village, not far from the sea, the town,archeological sites and the nature with his white mountains -
nice garden, clean rooms and a blue swimming pool - excellent breakfast -
Many thanks to Caroline and Eddy for their hospitality and their helpful tips during this beatifull holiday -

Room Tip: all 3 rooms in the house are beautifull and without noise
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

We stayed in the village of Pitsidia and rented "the Karolina House" and stay there during one week.Perfect location in the village with a beautiful view, this location is very quiet and beautiful renovation of the entire batiment.Inside is very comfortable and everything is thought, several terraces can enjoy all the views. Short stay enchanting and ideal to rest away from all disturbances. Rent a car for for many visits around

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sion, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

- fantastically located at the foot of the Psiloritis (highest peak in Kreta) and within 1 hour of the most beautiful southern beaches
- very friendly and helpful hosts
- many helpful recommendations not found in tourist guide books
- intimate garden and fresh swimming pool under figs trees highly appreciated after the heat and dust of daily excursions
- very spacious rooms decorated with taste (see www.charmingcrete.com)
- excellent breakfast served with great kindness and attention

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aarschot, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

Our first holliday in Crete was a very nice experience not only because South Crete is a very beautifull region of this island with friendly people, but also because The Old Kafenion is a really good Bed&Breakfast. An authentic and comfortably restaured house in a small village, 7 km above the coast, with a great view, beautifull rooms, nice swimming pool with deckchairs, tasty breakfasts and above all a very kind host couple who gives very good advise about interesting things to do in the broad neigbourhood. There is a lot of varied activities to do: nature walks in the mountains and in canyons, car trips, culture, archeological sites, afternoons on the beach, small cosy villages,... The Old Kafenion is a great place to stay those who are looking for a quite and authentic holliday in Southern Crete in an interesting region where you still can feel the local spirit and have a nice contact with the Belgian owners of this B&B . If you rather want a touristic holliday with luxuary hotels and lot of animation, look for a hotel in Norhern Crete.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2010

We stayed for two weeks this summer. If you are not into clubbing and nightlife, but love history, walking, beautiful beaches not swarming with tourists, nice bars and restaurants then this is the place for you.
The Old Kafenion is set in a tiny village part way up a mountain. The whole place has been sympathetically restored and retains its charm. The hosts (Caroline and Eddie) are lovely and always on hand to give you great tips. There is an honesty bar with cold soft drinks, wine and beer in the kitchen, with maps and books available. There is a lovely garden with a swimming pool in which to relax after a day out. Everything is spotlessly clean, with fresh towels and bedlinen regularly changed. It also seemed that the room was cleaned every day. Eddie's breakfast sets you up for the day and he is happy to cook basically whatever you want (well, within reason!). The people we met there have been coming back year after year - so that says something about the friendliness and charm of the whole place.

Although there are no shops in the village, a 1 minute walk from the B&B brings you to a place called Poppys where they serve excellent food and drink at very reasonable prices.

You will need to hire a car here to access everything, although there are fantastic walks all around. We had a taxi arranged by Caroline to pick us up at the airport and our hire car was delivered the next day - which is what we would recommend - as finding the place initially after a flight would not be easy - but once you know your way around it is fine. Most of the main historical sites are on this side of the island like Gortys and Phaistos

We found this place by luck on the internet but agreed that we struck lucky and we would definately stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lagolio Village, Timbaki, Tympaki, Crete 70200 , Greece
Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Tympaki
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Tympaki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Old Kafenion is located in a traditional Cretan house built in 1850. It offers 3 luxurious rooms. The character and the decorative elements of time are preserved. Combined with the tight materials and bright colors, a warm elegant atmosphere is created. Each morning you are invited to a delicious breakfast. Located at the foot of the Psiloritis and only 6 km from the beach this is the perfect base for trips combined with a relaxing beach holiday. ... more   less 

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